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Swiss Train, Boat & Bus Adventures
The Glacier Express

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This is not an actual itinerary, but rather descriptions of the various train, boat and bus journeys that navigate memorable routes through Switzerland.  You can then select the route and experience that best suits your preference!

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Note: For mapping purposes (since we cannot publish all the routes simultaneously) it is the Glacier Express journey that overlays on the map.

 

Switzerland has an unbelievable network of trains, boats, and buses. You can travel to even the tiniest hamlet tucked in a remote mountain valley by public transportation. What makes this means of travel all the more enticing is the efficiency of the Swiss—everything works like a finely-tuned clock. The schedules are so splendidly coordinated that when you step off a train, a bus or boat is waiting to whisk you to your next destination. Or, as your boat pulls up to the dock, a bus or train is merely steps away. Although you might need to make numerous connections, you could follow any itinerary featured in this guide by taking advantage of the outstanding public transportation system. However, to make this style of travel even more hassle-free, the Swiss offer many tours that that follow incredibly scenic routes to a selection of the most popular destinations in the country. Some of these tours (such as the Glacier Express) are by private train, but the majority take advantage of the Swiss pubic transportation service.

Even if you prefer the freedom of traveling by car, consider enhancing the driving portion of your vacation by adding one or more of the following twelve special excursions by train, boat, and bus onto your itinerary. There are a few prerequisites to this style of travel. First, it is essential that you travel lightly. If you feel there is no way you could possibly pack everything you need into one moderately-sized suitcase, forget the idea of public transportation. Cumbersome bags become a burden when trying to make quick connections and diminish some of the joy of travel. Secondly, it is highly recommended that you purchase one of the Swiss passes mentioned in the introduction. A few trains are not covered by a rail pass, and many of those that do, charge a supplement for mandatory seat reservations. But, all in all, these passes are a very good value and extremely convenient. When you make your reservations, ask the agent what type of pass is best for your chosen itinerary. Also, be sure find out if advance seat reservations are needed. Likewise, inquire if dining car reservations are necessary. Also, be sure to verify all the time tables since schedules change—and, as you now know, if you are a minute late, your train, bus, or boat will have left without you!

Switzerland’s awesome transportation network features more than 2,000 kilometers of public routes, over 50,000 kilometers of well-marked hiking trails, 9 national bike routes, 700 scenic bus routes, and 20 lakes with ferry service. Adding to these statistics, almost every significant mountain has a gondola, aerial cableway, cogwheel train, gondola, or funicular. The possibilities are endless. Note: if you want to learn more about the history of travel in Switzerland, when you are in Lucerne visit the Swiss Transport Museum.

For the sake of simplicity, we describe travel in one direction in the following twelve itineraries. However, most of the itineraries can be run in reverse.

GLACIER EXPRESS: Travel by Train

Route: Zermatt to Saint Moritz

To ride the Glacier Express between Zermatt and Saint Moritz is truly a dream come true for any train buff. Before this privately owned train was inaugurated, one had to hip-hop across Switzerland, switching trains several times along the way. Fortunately, this all changed when a Swiss entrepreneur connected the two resorts via the fabulous Glacier Express, which operates all year. In 2005, the train proudly celebrated its 75th anniversary. Traveling at an average speed of 30 kilometers an hour, this attractive red train is merrily marketed as being the “Slowest Fast Train in the World.” It is no wonder that the 8-hour journey is not a quicker one. Along the way the train goes through 91 tunnels, crosses 291 bridges, chugs over three passes (the Furka Pass, the Abula Pass, and the Oberalp Pass), traverses glaciers, meanders through mountain meadows, passes by rushing rivers, and weaves through canyons—all while you relax in comfort while soaking in the awesome beauty from your picture window. There is even more to the adventure if you plan ahead and make a luncheon reservation when you book the train. If so, you have the pleasure of dining in an old-fashioned dining car brimming with nostalgia—the walls are elegantly paneled in wood and the romantic ambiance is further enhanced by bronze fixtures, soft lighting, and tables set with crisp linens and fresh flowers. What a memorable adventure to climb aboard the train in Zermatt, settle down in your cheerful, bright compartment, enjoy a gourmet meal in the Victorian dining car, chat and laugh with fellow passengers, and arrive relaxed and happy in Saint Moritz. If you prefer to end your trip in Chur (a walled city that is on the direct train route to Zürich) instead of going to Saint Moritz, this is an option. Just let the agent know when you make your reservation.

 

BERNINA EXPRESS & HEIDI EXPRESS: Travel by Train & Postal Bus

Route: Chur or Saint Moritz or Davos to Lugano

The Bernina Express travels through some of the most glorious scenery in Switzerland. As an added bonus, you may customize the journey to what suites you best. The train originates in the medieval town of Chur, a convenient starting point since it is an important terminal with frequent service from Zürich and other major cities. Or, you may prefer to board the train in Saint Moritz rather than in Chur. Another option is to begin your trip in the famous ski resort of Davos (the train that originates in Davos is called the Heidi Express). The best option of all is to continue by bus from Tirano, Italy, ending your trip on the shores of Lake Lugano. If you so desire, you can connect by train from Lugano to Locarno, which is located on lake Maggiore. The Bernina Express operates all year between Chur to Tirano, but the bus between Tirano and Lugano only runs in the summer months. Starting in the high alps, the Bernina Express winds its way through mountains and valleys from north to south, ending just across the Italian border in Tirano. Along the way the train goes through the beautiful Engadine valley, climbs up one of the highest rail routes in Switzerland, chugs over the Bernina Pass (without the use of cogwheels) and through the glorious Poschiavo Valley to Tirano. After lunch in Tirano, it’s on to Lugano by bus. This route is all the more special because of the contrasts of scenery and climate. What fun it is to leave the glacier-clad mountains in the north and pop into sun-drenched Lake Lugano where palms and oleanders thrive. In summer, the train offers open coaches that allow you to breathe in the fresh mountain air and puts the scenery at your finger tips. Note: Remember your passport since the Bernina Express goes into Italy.

 

GOLDEN PASS LINE: Travel by Train

Route: Lucerne to Montreux

The Golden Pass Line features premier trains that cross the heart of Switzerland, linking two of its most precious jewels: Lucerne and Montreux. If you prefer, you can begin your trip in Zürich instead of Lucerne, and extend your journey beyond Montreux by continuing on to Geneva. This popular route travels across the center of the country in regal style, passing along the way mountains, rivers, lakes, picturesque villages, and lush pastures dotted with happy cows. There are three trains a day that make the journey—all of which involve a change of trains in Interlaken. Since you need to switch trains anyway, you might opt for a layover in Interlaken. This would give you time to stroll this once-grand resort town that still reflects a bit of its Victorian heritage. Another option from Interlaken would be to hop on one of the ferries for a boat excursion on Lake Brienz or Lake Thun. Best yet, if the day is sunny, there is no more dazzling adventure in Switzerland than a side trip by train from Interlaken to the Jungfrau. After you leave Interlaken, another recommended place to stop and catch a later train, is the quaint village of Gstaad, a really picturesque resort with many boutiques. When making reservations, ask about the various options of places to stop and the types of trains available. If you yearn for the days of yore when travel was a romantic journey, by all means ask about the “Golden Classic,” which first came into use in May 2005. This delightful train, refurbished in the grand nostalgic style of the Orient Express, exudes romance and comfort with its wood paneled walls and Victorian décor. You will also be thrilled with either of the two “Panoramic Trains” that travel this route. Both of these have huge windows that reach to the top of the car, affording stunning views.

 

WILLIAM TELL EXPRESS: Travel by Boat & Train

Route: Lucerne to Lugano or Locarno

For the pure joy of travel, the William Tell Express is unsurpassed. This excursion (available from May to October) originates in Lucerne, one of the most charming cities in Switzerland. The trip ends in the stunning Southern Lake District, where you can choose between two romantic jewels as your final destination: Locarno (on Lake Maggiore) or Lugano (on Lake Lugano). The fun begins from the moment you catch your first glimpse of the delightfully old-fashioned paddle steamer at the Lucerne dock and realize it is “yours”—the ferry you will be taking for the first leg of your journey. The boat trip from Lucerne (located at the western tip of Lake Lucerne) to Flüelen (located at the opposite end of the lake) takes a leisurely three hours. Along the way you can relax in total comfort as you enjoy the enchanting scenery of one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes, with views of wooded hills dotted with chalets, high mountain peaks, lush green pastures, and picturesque villages tucked along the shoreline. There is a commentary on board that explains what you are seeing en route, including stories of William Tell, the Swiss hero for whom the excursion is named. When you arrive in Flüelen, your air conditioned train with panoramic windows will be waiting. Once you hop on board, the route follows along side the Reuss River as it heads south, cutting its way through the mountains. The train goes by steep cliffs and deep ravines, and then begins to climb up from the valley and plunges into the 15-kilometer-long Gotthard Tunnel. After emerging once again into sunlight, the train drops down into the Leventina Valley and continues to Bellinzona. If you are going on to Locarno, you stay on the same train. If your destination is Lugano, you need to change trains in Bellinzona.

 

PALM EXPRESS: Travel by Postal Bus

Route: Saint Moritz to Lugano

In summertime there is a wonderful bus excursion, called the Palm Express, which leaves daily from Saint Moritz and goes to Lugano, on Lake Lugano (about a 4-hour journey). This adventure is enticing as it blends two remarkably beautiful regions that are totally different in scenery, ambiance, and climate, yet equally lovely. You climb aboard the bright yellow postal bus in Saint Moritz where snow still caps the mountain peaks, and end your journey in balmy Lake Lugano where palm trees and tropical plants abound. The only way to travel this itinerary is by bus (or car) since no train route exists. The scenery is so outstanding along the way that you will be happy you opted for the bus so that no one will have to be at the wheel of the car and miss the ever-changing vistas. Your first part of the journey takes you south from Saint Moritz through the scenic Engadine Valley and past the pristine twin lakes of Silvaplana and Silser. Then the road climbs over the Maloja Pass and drops down into the narrow Bregaglia Valley, which is embraced by high mountains. As the bus continues south, ancient villages perched on mountain ledges come into view. Soon you cross the border into Italy where the road traces the shoreline of beautiful Lake Como and then cuts west to Lake Lugano. The bus drivers display admirable skill as they drive along the narrow roads and inch through the tiny streets of medieval villages, which were never designed for cars or buses. All too soon you are in Lugano, which has a remarkably romantic setting on the edge of the shimmering Lake Lugano. The train station (where the bus arrives) is on a shelf above the town. There is a funicular near the station that takes you down to the colorful historic center of the city. Note: Remember to take your passport since you will be going through Italy.

 

NAPOLEON EXPRESS: Travel by Postal Bus & Train

Route: Sass Fee to Locarno

Zermatt, towered over by the dazzling Matterhorn, is a well known destination to all mountain lovers. However, not everyone is aware that Saas Fee, a town located just over the mountain from Zermatt, offers an alternate choice for a mountain holiday. Although the town is not as quaint as Zermatt, because of its splendid setting on a ledge of the mountain, the views are fabulous. Trains do not service Saas Fee, but postal buses make it easily accessible. A particularly popular bus route is called the Napoleon Express, which leaves Saas Fee and travels north through the beautiful Saastal Valley to the Rhône Valley and then heads east to Brig. At Brig you change buses for the next leg of your trip that takes you over the Simplon Pass. There is a tunnel through the mountain, but this is only for trains. By far the more dramatic option is to take the superbly engineered road that goes over the pass. Since the 17th century, traders have trudged up the pass with their heavily laden mule trains, but it was Napoleon who made the path a proper road in order to have an efficient way to transport supplies for his military campaigns. The road, which first opened in 1805, is not intimidating. At first the incline is gentle, but soon the bus begins to make large loops as it climbs the road up the mountain to its 2005-meter-high summit, the Simplon Kulm. The bus then descends downward, crosses the Italian border, and scoots along the Divedro Valley to Domodóssola. Upon arrival in Domodóssola climb aboard one of the blue and white cars of the Centovalli Railway for an amazing 55-kilometer journey that crosses over 83 bridges and slithers through 31 tunnels as it follows the Melezza River to Locarno, a lovely town located on the romantic shores of Lake Maggiore. Note: Remember your passport as you will be going into Italy.


MONT BLANC EXPRESS: Train, Martigny to Mount Blanc

SAINT BERNARD EXPRESS: Train & Postal Bus, Martigny to St. Bernard

 

Switzerland offers two marvelous rail and bus tours (the Mont Blanc Express and the Saint Bernard Express), both of which offer adventure and glorious scenery. The tours originate in Martigny, an old Roman town at the west end of the Rhône Valley—22 kilometers from the French border. The Mont Blanc Express is an all-by-train excursion. Departing from Martigny, it climbs over the Col de la Forclaz, through the Trient Gorge, crosses the border into France, and wiggles in and out of tunnels as it descends to Chamonix, where the views of Mount Blanc (the highest mountain in Europe) are absolutely breathtaking. On a clear day there is no mountain in the world more beautiful. The Saint Bernard Express (which operates only in summer) combines transportation by both train and bus. The first leg of the trip is by train. It leaves Martigny and heads east along the Drance River before turning south through the Entremont Valley and on to Orsières. Here the rail line ends and you hop on a bus for the last leg of your journey to the Grand Saint Bernard Hospice, founded by Saint Bernard in the 17th century. With its bleak, wind-swept, forlorn setting, you would think this would be the last place in the world the monks would want settle, but it was perfect for their mission to rescue stranded travelers going over the pass. The monks trained gentle Saint Bernard dogs to assist them in their mountain rescue. Although times have changed and helicopters have assumed job once done by these brave dogs, they are still bred here for the sake of tradition and maintaining the breed. You can visit a museum, the kennels, and a 17th-century church. Note: Remember your passport for the Mont Blanc Express excursion as you will be going into France.

 

VORALPEN EXPRESS: Travel by Train

Route: Romanshorn to Lucerne

 

The Voralpen Express (sometimes called the Prealpen-Express) begins its journey in the charming city of Lucerne and heads northeast, ending the trip in Romanshorn. This is not a spine-tingling adventure where the train zigzags over high mountain passes, but rather it is a gentle, three-hour journey of great scenic beauty. The train has panoramic windows so that you can relax in your comfortable seat and soak in the lovely landscape as it glides by. If you want a snack, there is a bistro and a mini-bar on the train. This is a very popular route—trains leave almost every hour. If you zip directly between the two cities, the trip takes a bit less than three hours. However, there are many interesting places to visit along the way where you can get off for sightseeing and hop back on a later train, or make connections to another destination of your choice. One stop you might enjoy is Rapperswil, a town on the north shore of Lake Zürich that is overlooked by a mighty 13th-century castle. The nickname of the town is “City of Roses” and during the season, you will enjoy seeing roses throughout the town, including an outstanding garden in the Capuchin Monastery. As the train continues north from Rapperswil, the scenery changes as you approach the region called Appenzeller Land, an exceptionally picturesque area with pretty rolling hills, high mountain peaks, lush pastures dotted with cows, and charming villages. You might want to make another stop in Saint Gallen where you can visit the its imposing Saint Gallen Cathedral, and, of special interest, its amazing Baroque library in the Benedictine Abbey. Then, the train rolls on to Romanshorn, where the trip ends on Lake Constance (also called the Bodensee). From Romanshorn, you can continue your adventures in Switzerland, or take the ferry across the lake to Germany.

 

LÖTSCHBERG–CENTOVALLI EXPRESS: Travel by Train

Route: Bern to Locarno

The Lötschberg–Centovalli Express links two jewels, Bern, a medieval city that oozes old world charm, and Locarno, a resort located on the stunningly beautiful Lake Maggiore. Trains leave Bern frequently during the day and reservations are not needed. The train soon arrives at Lake Thun, where it briefly follows the shoreline and then goes south, following the Kander River as it cuts through the mountains. The route ends in the town of Kandersteg before being blocked by imposing mountains. From here, the train enters a 15-kilometer-long Lötschberg tunnel, emerging once again into the daylight at Goppenstein. If you have the time, get off the train here and board a bus that heads east up the remote Lötschental Valley and dead-ends at some of the most dazzling mountains in Switzerland. Along the way the scenery is spectacular as you pass through villages lost in time with clusters of wooden houses clinging to the sides of the steep valley walls. After enjoying the incredible mountain views and glaciers, return to Goppenstein by bus and continue on your way by train south to the Rhône Valley, where the train turns east to Brig. At Brig, the train heads south and begins the gentle ascent to the Simplon tunnel, emerging on the other side in Italy. In a very short time the train arrives in Domodóssola, where you change to one of the blue and white cars of the Centovalli Railroad for the final leg of your trip to Lake Maggiore. The scenery along the way is awesome as the train squeezes through narrow gorges with rushing waterfalls, hillsides lined with vineyards, woodlands with chestnut trees, and remote medieval villages. All too soon, you arrive in Locarno. Note: Remember your passport as you will be going into Italy.

 

SWISS CHOCOLATE TRAIN: Travel by Train

Route: Round trip from Montreux

If the mere thought of chocolate makes your mouth water,  you will not want to miss this delicious, all-day, round-trip tour from Montreux. However, this excursion isn’t just for chocolate aficionados—if you don’t even like sweets, you will have a wonderful time. Every Monday and Wednesday, from June through October, the Chocolate Train pulls out of the Montreux station at about 9:25 am. As the train heads north through lush valleys and gentle hills laced with vineyards, you are served complimentary coffee and croissants. In a little over an hour, the train pulls up to the Gruyères train station, and stops across from the Gruyères cheese factory. Time is allowed to visit this modern factory which incorporates a museum showing how the delicious Gruyères cheese is produced. As you begin the interesting tour, you are given samples of various aged cheeses and don headphones that present an audio narrative which follows with what you see along the way. After the cheese tour, a bus is waiting to take you up to Gruyères, a fairy-tale walled village perched on the top of a small mountain. The cobbled main street, lined by adorable houses, cute shops, and restaurants, leads to a picturesque castle that is open as a museum. After your time in Gruyères, the bus takes you back to the train and for the short ride to Broc, where you visit the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory. As you walk from the parking lot, the scent of chocolate fills the air. The tour begins with a short video presentation and then a guide takes you to the various displays, explains how chocolate is made, and how it has evolved from the bitter bean that Cortez brought back to Spain to the delectable chocolate we know today. The tour ends in a large room where trays are set out, loaded with a stunning variety of samples of candy cut into little squares for tasting. After the chocolate factory, it’s back to the train, and you arrive back in Montreux about 5:40 pm.

 

ROMANTIC ROUTE EXPRESS: Travel by Postal Bus

Route: Andermatt to Grindelwald

The Romantic Route Express is a fascinating bus adventure (available only in the summer months) that captures some of Switzerland’s most extraordinary, rugged, high Alpine scenery. The trip begins in Andermatt, a mountain resort famous for skiing and hiking. As the yellow postal bus leaves town heading west, it ascends the awesome Furka Pass to its 2,341-meter-high, barren, windswept summit where you have a panoramic view of majestic mountain peaks and glaciers. From the summit, the road twists down to Gletsch where the bus turns north and climbs once again into the mountains, tackling more curves as it makes its way up the rugged Grimsel Pass—along the same route used hundreds of years ago by merchants who trudged wearily over the mountains by mule train. The road passes a few remote mountain hamlets as it heads to Meiringen. From Meiringen the bus turns southwest to Grindelwald, the final and most exciting part of the journey. For those passionate about discovering places off the beaten path, this part of the trip will be memorable. Even travelers who take pride in knowing most of the remote byways in Switzerland are often surprised to learn there is a back road to Grindelwald, a village in the stunning Jungfrau region. However, cars are only allowed to drive as far as the Schwarzwaldalp, which is just beyond the hamlet of Rosenlaui. Only buses are allowed as the road continues on, over the incredibly narrow road that makes many hairpin turns as it makes it way up and over the Grand Scheidegg pass and on to Grindelwald. You can end your journey at one of the lovely hotels in Grindelwald, or continue on by train to one of the other charming small towns in the gorgeous Jungfrau Region, such as Wengen or Mürren.

 

RHÔNE EXPRESS: Travel by Boat and Train

Route: Geneva to Montreux to Zermatt

Like the Golden Pass Line, the Rhône Express (which operates from June through September) is one of the most popular train routes in Switzerland since it links two very popular destinations, the elegantly beautiful city of Geneva and the famous mountain resort of Zermatt, home to the majestic Matterhorn. The fun begins from the moment you step aboard the nostalgic, beautifully refurbished paddle steamer that dates from the turn of the last century. The trip begins at 9 am. If you book the whole tour, you can savor a three-course lunch (included in the price) enjoying the scenery as the boat glides in and out of charming lakefront towns wrapped by vineyard-laced hills. The southern shore of Lake Geneva lies in France where the peaks of the Savoy Alps soar into the sky. On a clear day, the dazzling Mount Blanc rises above all of the other mountains, adding a touch of perfection. A little less than five hours later, the boat maneuvers along side the Montreux dock. The next leg of your journey is by train from Montreux. A few minutes after the train pulls out of the station and goes south along the edge of the lake, look out the window to your right so that you won’t miss the incredibly romantic Castle of Chillon, sitting on a little island just off the shore. At Martigny the train turns east and follows the Rhône Valley, one of Switzerland’s main wine producing regions, and continues on to Visp. Here you change to the local train that heads south, following a gorgeous, narrow, mountain valley. A little less than nine hours after your adventure began in Geneva, the train chugs into the station at Zermatt. The line can go no further since the valley is blocked by huge mountains, including the spectacular, justifiably famous, Matterhorn.

 

DESIGN YOUR OWN TRAIN, BOAT & BUS ITINERARIES

 

The preceding twelve tours, using a combination of train, boat and bus travel, are excellent. You can enjoy them just as they are or use them as a foundation to customize your own holiday. By linking some of the itineraries together, your trip can include every place you dreamed of seeing. Using this “car-less” means of travel offers a great reward—no one misses the sensational scenery because he (or she) is at the wheel.

Remember when planning your customized trip that you don’t have to complete any leg of the itinerary in one day—you can break your journey along the route and catch a later train, bus, or boat. Relax and enjoy the adventure of travel—your transportation becomes part of the fun. To give you an idea of how the various Swiss tours can be linked and customized, we have outlined a suggested train, boat and bus tour below that joins six of the tours together. You can select part or all of what most catches your fancy.

Here’s how it works: After spending a few days in the charming city of Lucerne, take The William Tell Express. The tour begins on a paddle steamer from Lucerne to Flüelen, and from there, by train to Lugano. After a few days in the romantic Lake District, take The Palm Express postal bus from Lugano to Saint Moritz. Enjoy a few days hiking in the mountains and then board The Glacier Express from Saint Moritz to Zermatt. Relax a few days enjoying the beauty of the Matterhorn and then take The Rhône Express from Zermatt to Montreux, and from there, the ferry to Geneva. Do some sightseeing and shopping in Geneva and then take The Golden Pass Line train from Geneva to Interlaken. Spend a few days in the Interlaken region so that you will have time to experience one of Switzerland’s most dramatic and beautiful adventures—the Jungfraujoch excursion. You can stay at a hotel in Interlaken, or, if you want to be right up in the mountains, take the local train to either Wengen or Grindelwald. After a few days in Interlaken, continue by train on The Golden Pass Line back to Lucerne, thus completing your “circle.” If you want a bit more train adventure, from Lucerne, take The Voralpen Express from Lucerne to Romanshorn, a city on the shores of Lake Constance. From Romanshorn, you can continue by train to other destinations in Switzerland, or take a ferry to Germany.


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